Welcome to the Animal Services Division!

Upcoming Vaccination Clinic


Tulare County Animal Services is holding a pet vaccination clinic in our new Spay and Neuter Clinic!  You MUST have an appointment in order to have your pet vaccinated at this event.  To sign-up for an appointment, click the link below. Once you have registered your pet, you will receive further instructions and a link to our Vaccine Consent form via email.  If you have any questions please call us at (559) 636-4050 x 0.

Vaccination Clinic Link

Spay/Neuter Appointments

Tulare County Animal Services has a limited number of spay and neuter appointments for cats.  To sign-up for an appointment, click the link below. Once you have registered your pet, you will receive further instructions and a link to our Surgery Consent form via email.  If you have any questions please call us at (559) 636-4050 x 0.  If the calendar is not showing any available appointments, please check back later.

Cat Spay/Neuter Appointment Link

Check out our New Program: Adventure Paws

You can sign up to take one of our amazing dogs out for the day and go out on an adventure!  Our wonderful dogs could use a break from the shelter and as a participant there is no longer term commitment.  If you are 18 years of age or older you can sign up and bring your friends or family along for the journey.  Dogs are checked out Tuesday - Saturday from 9 am - 10 am depending on the time you sign up, then just bring the dog back by 2 pm that same day. We send you with all the gear you will need for your adventure together, just take a few photos and let us know how they did!  You can help us promote and find homes for our amazing dogs.

Follow the link below to sign up for a date and time to pick up a dog!

Adventure Paws Sign Up

Stray Animals

Tulare County Animal Services (TCAS) now has their Stray Animal Form online.  By completing this form, the information will be emailed to the shelter and this will eliminate the need to fill out paperwork once you arrive at the shelter.  TCAS accepts stray dogs and livestock, as well as sick and injured cats from the unincorporated areas of Tulare County only.  We do not accept healthy cats for intake but please ask about our trap, neuter, and return programs for community or feral cats.  

For the Stray Animal Form and more information on shelter hours please click here.

If you are wanting to have a stray animal picked up instead of bringing the animal in, please click here for the Animal Complaints page.

Amazon Wish List

Through Amazon Smile, Friends of Tulare County receives a portion of each purchase.  Tulare County Animal Services has identified items utilized within the Shelter on a daily basis to provide a higher level of care to the animals under our care and custody.

Please click here for Tulare County Animal Services “Wish List” on Amazon Smile

Donations are always welcome and greatly appreciated! Our "wish list" items are:

Click here to print a pdf version of the Wish List.


Donations can be made to Animal Services via Friends of Tulare County. Animal Services has three separate donation categories.

Animal Services Adoption:

Tulare County Animal Services Division places hundreds of shelter animals in new homes with adopters who are looking for a fantastic pet. The animal adoptions program is spearheaded by staff and volunteers who coordinate adoption events, sponsorships, and volunteer assistance. The adoptions program includes finding foster parents who are able to temporarily care for shelter animals at their homes, giving animals time to grow, socialize, and receive personalized attention and care in a family environment before going to their “forever home.” Moms with litters have a chance to raise their puppies and kittens away from a shelter setting, enabling them to have more contact with people, children, and other animals.

The Animal Adoption Fund offsets the costs of adoption, including spay/neuter expenses, vaccinations, microchips, and dog licensing, by sponsoring either the full or partial adoption costs. This is especially helpful with the hard-to-place animals, older animals, those needing special medical treatment, and those needing extra help finding a permanent home. Animal Services holds special adoption events throughout the year to promote adoptions and pet ownership.

Animal Services General:

Animal Services has the following responsibilities: Maintaining the health and safety of the animals in their care and custody; overseeing the dog licensing program for county residents; providing outreach and education services; and responding to public complaints, reports of vicious animals, dog bites, and animal neglect cases. Animal Services’ primary goal is to find new homes for shelter animals through adoptions, foster parents, and rescue groups. 

The Animal Services General Fund is used for purchasing educational materials; covering expenses associated with providing low-cost vaccination and microchip clinics to the county’s rural communities; purchasing general supplies to improve the animals’ health; transporting animals to rescue organizations; and for various other items to enhance the program’s education and outreach efforts.

Animal Services Spay/Neuter:

Tulare County is a large county with pets in many households. For some people, accessing veterinary care or having their animals spayed or neutered and vaccinated can be difficult to afford. The Animal Services Spay/Neuter Fund provides reduced-cost spay/neuter vouchers. It also brings mobile spay/neuter clinics to small communities with no access to veterinary care and facilitates a trap, neuter, and release (TNR) program for community cats.

Online Dog Licensing Payments Now Available for Residents of Unincorporated Areas of Tulare County

Tulare County Animal Services provides dog licensing services for all of the unincorporated areas of Tulare County.  If your dog gets lost, a valid license will identify the dog and his/her owner and allow us to reunite lost pets with their owners.  Having your dog licensed also shows that your dog has a current rabies vaccination.  Plus, dog licensing is the law.

To make the process easier, Tulare County Animal Services is now accepting online payments for dog licensing.  Both new and renewal dog licensing can be done online along with updating information on your dog. 

If you are not sure if your address is in the city limits or county please click on the Tulare County Elections website and enter your address.  If you live within the city limits of Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay, Porterville, Tulare, Visalia or Woodlake, please contact your city's local dog licensing department.

Microchipping Available

Losing a pet is a heart-wrenching situation, but there are ways to give yourself peace of mind. Dogs and cats should wear collars with identification tags; however, collars can fall off or be removed, and animals can get lost without any visible form of ID. A microchip is one of the best ways to protect your dog or cat if the pet gets lost. This tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice that’s implanted under the skin at the shoulder blades, cannot be lost, worn out, or removed.

As of June 1, 2019, as part of the new Animal Ordinances approved by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, all dogs in unincorporated Tulare County are now required to be implanted with a microchip and the information provided to Animal Services, to have a greater ability to reunite pets with owners and decrease impounded animals.

If your pet ever gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or a veterinary clinic, they will scan the animal to see if he or she is microchipped. If so, the identification number appears and you can be found in a database, because the number is linked to your information.

It’s just as important to keep your contact information up to date with the microchip company. Many times animals come into shelters with microchips; however, their owner's contact information is not always current and the animal must wait to be reunited.

Animal Services provides microchipping for only $20 by appointment only during our regular business hours. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.  Please clink on one of the links below to download the Microchip Owner Information page and bring this completed form with you to the shelter.  Once your animal is microchipped, Animal Services will send the information to the microchip company to register your new microchip.

Community Cats

Are you having a problem with feral cats at your house?  Tulare County Animal Services has some grant funding available to spay and neuter feral cats in the unincorporated areas of Tulare County.  Funding covers getting the cat fixed along with a rabies vaccination and an ear tip.  Please contact the shelter for more information and to see about scheduling an appointment.  We have a limited amount of appointments available at our new spay/neuter clinic.  Once fixed, the cat is returned to their original habitat.

Shelter number (559) 636-4050 x 0 (Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, closed Sundays and Holidays)

Email:  tcanimalservices@tularecounty.ca.gov

For more information on Community Cats, please click here.

Tulare County Animal Services Update

Please click here for a pdf version of this update.


Tulare County Animal Services Update:  May 20, 2021


TCAS is dedicated to service to both the humans and animals of the community. We would like to inform the residents of unincorporated Tulare County of the following updates to services:

Field Services

Our Animal Control Officers are dedicated to promoting public safety. Our officers are responding to all calls for service as time permits, but please be patient as we currently have a maximum of 3 Animal Control Officers running all of the calls throughout Tulare County. Please call 559-636-4050 x 0 in order to report an urgent animal related issue during business hours. Emergency animal-related issues occurring after-hours or on Sundays may be reported to Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218. Non-urgent complaints may also be submitted through our website at www.tcanimalservices.org.

Shelter Operations

TCAS is dedicated to saving lives, providing humane treatment to the animals in our care, and reuniting pets with their families. At this time, the shelter will remain accessible to the public by appointment only, Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm for non-urgent in-person services. Please call the shelter at 559-636-4050 in order to plan your visit.

**No appointment is needed to drop off a stray dog or a sick/injured animal during business hours.**

  • Looking for your lost pet?

Please check our website at www.tcanimalservices.org or www.petharbor.com in order to see all of the pets currently at the shelter. If you see your pet on the list, please call us to arrange to come pick them up. Don’t have the ability to look online? Call us and we will help you. Experiencing a financial hardship and afraid that you cannot pay the fines to reclaim your animal? TCAS is dedicated to getting your pet back into your care, please call and speak with us. You may also file a Lost Report with a picture attachment on our website.

  • Looking to adopt a pet?

Please check the website for adoptable pets and call the shelter to arrange a meet and greet. At this time, we are doing adoptions by appointment in order to provide excellent customer service and comply with social distancing guidelines.

  • Found a lost pet?

If you have found a stray dog or a sick or injured animal and wish to bring it to the shelter, please follow the directions posted on the gate. It will direct you to call the office and remain in your vehicle in order to minimize contact. A staff member will take your information over the phone and come to the vehicle to retrieve the animal. If you have found a stray animal who is not sick, injured, aggressive, or in need of urgent assistance, we would suggest first attempting to find the owners utilizing social media and checking with neighbors. You can also file a Found Animal report with a picture of the animal at www.tcanimalservices.org which will be posted on our website for owners who are looking for their lost pet to see. Please call the shelter if the animal is injured, sick, or you have questions or need guidance. We are happy to help! 

  • Have a feral cat or kittens?

At this time we are not taking in cats or kittens unless they are sick or injured. Please call the shelter if you have questions or need kitten care supplies. We have Kitten Care Packs with everything you might need to care for kittens found in the unincorporated areas of the County and will gladly support you in that process! 

  • Need to license your pet?

You can license your pet online or through the mail! Please go to www.tcanimalservices.org for more information.

Thank you to our community for your patience during these unprecedented times, and for coming together to assist both the humans and animals of Tulare County!

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